So yeah, the GOP is "out of touch," y'all.
I know. I'm shocked by this narrative, too (insert eye-roll here).
According to a "top Democratic pollster" named Stanley Greenberg (who also happens to be a former adviser to the presidential campaign of Bill Clinton), we as a country "have a set of cultural and economic issues, and budget issues, in which (Republicans) are seen as extreme and out of touch."
You see, being personally responsible and believing in - and RESPECTING - silly "little books" like the Constitution and whatnot are out of touch these days, in case you were unaware.
OK, I'm being snarky. It's what I do. Let's face it, folks. It's not our beliefs that are the culprit in our unpopularity these days - it's how we DELIVER the message, in my humble opinion. Mock and I will be the first chicks to admit - the GOP sucks MONKEYBALLS AT DELIVERING OUR MESSAGE. And that ineptness is one of the main reasons we do what we do every day here in COTR-land. Free of charge.
You're welcome, GOP.
We know our party sucks at messaging. And I suppose that's the catalyst for the newest "plotting of a rebirth" of the party. Yep. The boys on Capitol Hill are plotting a rebirth, y'all. A makeover, if you will.
Sounds kinda familiar, huh? ;-)
Anywho, the GOP is looking to guys like Kevin Madden and Ford O'Connell to give them fuel and direction for this rebirth - and hats off to them, because both are really smart dudes and accomplished Republican strategists, without question.
Kevin Madden had this to say about our party:
“Right now, we are caught in a vicious cycle of just reacting to events that happen in two-week increments. Instead, we have to look at our challenge of rebuilding in a much more comprehensive fashion,” Mr. Madden said. “What is the positive impression that we want voters to have two years from now, and then four years from now, when we have another presidential election?”
Last year, the party allowed itself to be pigeonholed as just “anti-Obama,” he said.
And Ford O'Connell added these tidbits:
“If we look at polling, the Republican brand is in the toilet. Part of that is the ideas are not connecting with what we would call the mainstream of the moderate voters,” Mr. O’Connell said. “What they have to do is stop looking at the past. Ronald Reagan is dead. They have to start shopping for the future. I am the world’s biggest Reagan fan, but it is time to move on. You have to adjust to the times, and once you adjust, you have to set the path forward.”
I agree with both of them on all counts. I hear what they're saying. A million golf claps to both these fine men. But let's just get this part out of the way, shall we?
Here are Kevin and Ford, respectively:
And listen, folks. Let me start by saying that I have nothing against preppy white dudes. I think preppy white dudes with all sorts of serious data and commentary on the ills of our party are all kinds of adorable (even if my type is more bald-man-who-wears-Carhartts). I have mad respect for the sportcoat-with-a-starched-shirt look. I really, really do.
Hear me out.
My beef here is the fact that they're using MORE preppy white dudes to try to launch a "rebirth" of the Republican party. And in doing so, they're totally CONTRADICTING what they're trying to do. And making me want to HURL MY HEAD AGAINST A BRICK FREAKING WALL.
In other words, they need to call us immediately. I'm not kidding. This isn't satire, it's not snark, and I'm being as blunt about this as I possibly can be. They need to get on the phone with us, ask us about our little community here at COTR, and we will educate them on how this whole re-birthing thing could actually work. Chicks know a lot about birthing. And makeovers.
The point of my rant here is that conservatism in this country isn't personified by preppy white dudes. We like preppy white dudes, but we AREN'T preppy white dudes. Conservatives come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. We know this, because we've MET THEM FIRSTHAND. Those people are part of our awesome little community here in COTR-land. And it's time to start flavoring the message to represent that fact.
So, yeah - we're waiting, Madden and O'Connell. Feel free to have your people shoot us an email or something.
We'll be delighted to explain to you what a REAL makeover looks like. Until then....